Couscous Paisa

Name, Surname Beck Huguette; 59, France
Vanessa Torrico; 34, Bolivia
Blanca Zomosa; Colombia
Personal story
Aldona and Aiste are vegetarians. Buckwheat porridge is well known for its pow- erful health benefits and is a traditional dish in Lithuania. However, eating the same porridge every day is boring. Buckwheat may be used in many other different ways in dishes. Aldona suggested adding ingredients from raw food cuisine and making a healthy meal dish. She also brought Indian spices and ghee butter that she is familiar with from her ayurvedic and yoga practice and retreats in India.

Difficulty Level
Difficulty Level II

Time
How much does it take to prepare it? 2 hours.
How much does it take to cook it? 1,5 hours.

Ingredients (List of ingredients and their amounts)
Meat balls: Beef meat, coriander, breadcrumbs, garlic, milk, onions.
Bandeja paisa: Ususally made with minced beef, but in this case it was replaced by meat bowls
Hogao sauce: (Round onions, long green onions, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper)
3 cups of large red beans, 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 lbs bacon, chicharrones (fresh pork slices), 6 eggs, 4 large onions, 4 tomatoes, cilantro, salt, vinegar.
Arepa: 3 cups corn flour (white or yellow) for arepa, 2 cups warm water, 2 teaspoons oil, salt
Decoration: Sweet plantains (ripe), Arepa, Avocados (sliced in pieces), Lime.

Steps
We cook separately:
1. Couscous
2. Meat balls (mix together breadcrumbs, beef, milk, garlic, onions, coriander and fry it in a pan)

3. Bandeja paisa:
Cover beans in water; let soak overnight (night before making the recipe). Cook beans in same soaking water and stir in half the oil. When the beans are soft, add the salt and stir in half the hogao. Crumble bacon and fry chicharrones. Add them to the mixture as well. When beans are tender, stir in remaining hogao and cook 5 to 10 additional minutes. In a pot add oil over high heat, carefully fry sweet plantains. Serve dish in trays with rice, avocado and arepas.
(You can also add 6 fried eggs, which is how the dish is made typically).
Hogao: Mix all ingredients together and cook in a pot for 10 minutes.
Arepas: Place corn arepa flour in large bowl enough to knead in it. Stir in oil over flour.
Stir in salt to water; mix until dough is formed. Make a ball of dough in your hand; flatten to small patties. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat, cook until browned on both sides.

Practical tips and secrets Any secret to make the recipe tastier?
Serve with fried bananas (plantains), pieces of avocado on the side and arepa (salty corn biscuits - ‘galletes de mais’) or tortillas, which can be a good alternative to bread.

Seasonal tips Which season is the best time for having the dish?
All seasons.

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